DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Central Bucks School Board members have been silent up to now, but that changed Tuesday night. Some members called the teacher’s blog malicious and unprofessional. The question now is, what they are going to do about it?
It is the blog that has sent shockwaves across Bucks County. (see related story)
Teacher Natalie Munroe gained national media attention for her blog and the way she described some students.
“Natalie Munroe has made the most of her 15 minutes of notoriety. Now it is time for the adults to move forward with the work of educating children,” board member Stephen Corr said.
The school board member’s comments drew a standing ovation from the crowd that was packed with teachers and some parents.
“I can’t imagine she would want to walk back into a classroom, and why any student would want her as a teacher?” said Joe Jagelka, a Bucks County parent.
Superintendent Dr. Robert Laws expressed perhaps the sharpest criticism.
He repeated the words he says Munroe wrote about special needs students.
“She blogged ‘I don’t care if you lick windows, take the special bus or occasionally pee on yourself, you hang in there sunshine you’re special,’” Laws said.
The superintendent says the Central Bucks East High School English teacher has lost the respect of the community.
“Ms. Munroe, by her own actions has made it impossible for her to teach in this district,” said Laws.
Munroe was not at the school board meeting. Previously she defended the blog and argued she never mentioned names and was essentially telling the truth.
She has been suspended with pay. She is going on maternity leave next month.
The board will decide in the next few months if they are going to fire her.
Reported by Todd Quinones, CBS 3